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Hi Peaceful2100!I can honestly say I never burst any one's bubble...but I feel in this case I must.First of all congratulations on returning to school after having a child,that in itself is a great... Read More

  1. Visit  nurse1975 profile page
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    Hello! YOU CAN DO IT! I have been a nurse for 4 years and I love what I do. It is worth it. I have to admit I don't enjoy working weekend and holidays but I work in an ER I don't have much choice. I can get passed that though be I come hom everyday thinking I helped someone today or I helped to save someones life. I made a difference. I don't know too many jobs that make you feel that way. Besides there are many nursing jobs that you don't have to work weekends. What about a peds Dr. office? NO weekends! We need you in our profession. We need good nurses to help our profession grow. Hang in there. Don't give up its worth it in the end.
    tracie
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    I know how you feel. Thirteen years ago I was finishing up the prereqs for the nursing program when my wife had our first child. My wife is a nurse and since we both worked nights I had to quit my job to stay home with our child.It was a great experience to be there for our child. She is now a teenager and I am back in school and starting a nursing program in the fall. Even though I am older than the other students I am looking so forward to getting my RN finally. So even if you decide to quit the program for now to raise your child, you can always go back later. There is nothing better then being the primary care giver to your child and developing that bond that will last forever, especially if you're a father. So you don't have to give up your dream, there are always options.
  3. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    Keep the faith and don't give up if this is what you really want. I went back to school when my sons were 7 and 12 - it can be done. The pay has improved and is expected to continue with the growing nursing shortage. I agree with other posters that you just have to be persistent to find job that will fit your needs. Good luck...judi
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    Originally posted by peaceful2100:

    Hi everyone. I am 21 and a single mom to a three year old child. I am halfway through my first semester of nursing school. I already have my assoicate's in liberal arts and I transferred to a university for the BSN program. I started as a second semester sophomore but the nursing classes start in the sophomore year second semester. I feel like I made a wrong decision in nursing. My ultimate goal was to become a pediatrics nurse practitioner and do community/clinic nursing and open up my own clinic. I think it still is I am not for sure. I am debating wheter or not to get out. I hear so many nurses who say they love what they do but they hate all the political BS, the corparate BS right about now and nurses say they don't get enough pay. Everyone should get paid what they should and the money is not the big reason for my wanting to get out but I am afraid with all the nurses having to go beyond 12 hours shifts like 14, 16 and more that I will not be a good mommy to my little girl and I will miss out on so much of her life. I want to be a active mom in her life and her education she will start kindergarten the exact same year I graduate from nursing school if I stay which will be in 2003. I am not trying to be stingy but I can't work weekends and never really thought about that before and Nurses must work weekends. I am deciding to get out because of the hours/weekends. Nursing is in my heart but I don't think it is compatiable with being a mom. If I want to go see my little girl in one of her activites I can't just say sorry but my little girl is doing such and such I will end up getting fired. I am looking for other options right now and I don't think nursing will work out for me although it is in my heart. Am I right to think this way? If I feel this way is it best to get out now?

    This is very hard and frustrating,
    Thanks for listening
    peaceful2100@aol.com
    Hi Peaceful2100,
    I can honestly understand what you're going through. My kids are 2 and 8. You've come a long way though, and I guess what you really need to ask yourself is will nursing make you happy? Do you have previous experience in the field? I would love to give up the rotten hours, endless weekends and holidays, and the political crap, it is as bad as they say. But keep in mind that you're goal is a BSN, and if you're willing to dabble a little into say geriatrics, you could work weekdays in a management position, until your daughter is a little older and who knows? maybe you'll get married and have someone to share the parenting with? If nursing is truly in your blood, I would stick it out. Working full time is a problem for single parents no matter what profession, no doubt their will always be a need for you in nursing, you could work with an agency and pick your hours? Most agencies even offer health insurance. If nursing is really what you want to do, I wouldn't let these things stop me. If not? then I would find something else because you will ulitimately leave nursing if it makes you unhappy anyway. Not an easy decision, don't be hasty.
  5. Visit  melanie19 profile page
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    Originally posted by peaceful2100:

    Hi everyone. I am 21 and a single mom to a three year old child. I am halfway through my first semester of nursing school. I already have my assoicate's in liberal arts and I transferred to a university for the BSN program. I started as a second semester sophomore but the nursing classes start in the sophomore year second semester. I feel like I made a wrong decision in nursing. My ultimate goal was to become a pediatrics nurse practitioner and do community/clinic nursing and open up my own clinic. I think it still is I am not for sure. I am debating wheter or not to get out. I hear so many nurses who say they love what they do but they hate all the political BS, the corparate BS right about now and nurses say they don't get enough pay. Everyone should get paid what they should and the money is not the big reason for my wanting to get out but I am afraid with all the nurses having to go beyond 12 hours shifts like 14, 16 and more that I will not be a good mommy to my little girl and I will miss out on so much of her life. I want to be a active mom in her life and her education she will start kindergarten the exact same year I graduate from nursing school if I stay which will be in 2003. I am not trying to be stingy but I can't work weekends and never really thought about that before and Nurses must work weekends. I am deciding to get out because of the hours/weekends. Nursing is in my heart but I don't think it is compatiable with being a mom. If I want to go see my little girl in one of her activites I can't just say sorry but my little girl is doing such and such I will end up getting fired. I am looking for other options right now and I don't think nursing will work out for me although it is in my heart. Am I right to think this way? If I feel this way is it best to get out now?

    This is very hard and frustrating,
    Thanks for listening
    peaceful2100@aol.com
    I know how difficult it can be to try to be everything to everyone. I am a mother to a 3 year old and a 1 year old, fortunately I'm not single. However I do work full time in a hospital as well as one day a week in a Doctor's office. Shift work is very difficult when you are trying to raise little ones, I feel like sometimes I am just a shadow in their lives. When I am on days off I make the most of them, and make every minute count.
    If Nursing is in your heart and this is what you feel will help fulfill your life then I say stick it out. Once you have graduated you don't have to work in a setting that means shift work: working in a Doctor's office can be very fulfilling, one very important role in Nursing is health teaching and prevention, as well as support, the office is a great place to provide education to patients while they are healthy and open to teaching! Community nursing is also an option, again this is a great chance to teach and help with prevention as well as utilize your practical skills. Alot of community Nursing is primarily daytime work, sometimes some agencies have an on call roster to field questions during the evening and night time hours and in emergency situations. Don't give up if this is what you want to do, you don't have to work shifts, holidays and weekends, you just have to research your options.

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